motivate

[moh-tuh-veyt]
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verb (used with object), mo·ti·vat·ed, mo·ti·vat·ing.

to provide with a motive, or a cause or reason to act; incite; impel.

Nearby words

  1. motion pictures,
  2. motion sickness,
  3. motion study,
  4. motion work,
  5. motionless,
  6. motivation,
  7. motivation research,
  8. motivational,
  9. motivational research,
  10. motivator

Origin of motivate

First recorded in 1860–65; motive + -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for well-motivated

well-motivated

adjective (well motivated when postpositive)

(of a person, intention, etc) have sufficient incentive, desire, or drive

motivate

verb

(tr) to give incentive to
Derived Formsmotivator, noun

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Word Origin and History for well-motivated

motivate

v.

1863, "to stimulate toward action," from motive + -ate (2); perhaps modeled on French motiver or German motivieren. Related: Motivated; motivating.

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